Yuki Tsunoda has taken the positives from a tricky second season with AlphaTauri, insisting that they are going to bounce again collectively after the group dropped from sixth to ninth within the constructors’ standings beneath F1’s new technical laws.
AlphaTauri had been a constant points-scoring operation earlier than the game’s guidelines reset, with standout latest outcomes together with Pierre Gasly’s victory on the 2020 Italian Grand Prix and one other podium end in Azerbaijan final 12 months.
However, the 2022 marketing campaign – which heralded overhauled automobile designs – noticed them largely restricted to minor factors finishes and, after narrowly dropping out to Haas, the Italian group wound up ninth within the championship, forward solely of Williams.
But regardless of this disappointment, summed up by a irritating run to P11 on the Abu Dhabi finale, Tsunoda feels he “learned lots of things” throughout his sophomore F1 season, and paid tribute to outgoing group mate Pierre Gasly.
Speaking after the Yas Marina race, Tsunoda mentioned: “The final six or seven laps, the tyre was good, then instantly the tyre dropped and I couldn’t sustain the tempo from the fronts. I felt there was a very good probability to attain factors, however I couldn’t sustain the tempo. It’s a disgrace, however on the similar time I did my finest.”
Despite his frustrations, Tsunoda additionally took the time to thank his group mate Pierre Gasly, who’s becoming a member of Alpine for subsequent season.
“It’s been a hard year as a team,” Tsunoda said. “We couldn’t achieve even P8 in the championship. On a positive side, I learned lots of things from it – especially from Pierre, who’s leaving. It was a pleasure to work with him and I appreciate the things he achieved [for] the team and also [gave] to me.”
Having contributed 12 factors to AlphaTauri’s tally in 2022, in comparison with the 23 scored by Alpine-bound Gasly, Tsunoda is now targeted on regrouping with the group over the winter break and coming again preventing for his third time period within the sport.
“Hopefully the car is good. Of course, for my side I need a lot of improvement, still. At least I have a clear target to progress for the next year, so that’s good. I will just try to achieve that and definitely we’ll be back strong in the next year,” he mentioned.
Tsunoda will probably be joined at AlphaTauri by former F2 and Formula E champion Nyck de Vries in 2023 – the Dutchman having starred throughout a stand-in points-scoring look for Williams at this year’s Italian Grand Prix.